Rathfinny 2018 Blanc de Blancs


Rathfinny 2018 Blanc de Blancs is our elegant Sussex Sparkling, produced from 100% Chardonnay grapes grown and hand-harvested on the Rathfinny Wine Estate.

There will always be a limited production of our premium Sparkling Blanc de Noirs as we source the best grapes from across the Vineyard to blend these wines. As a result, all customers are limited to a maximum of three bottles each.

Gift boxes available on 75cl single bottles of Sussex Sparkling for extra special presentation. Additional £2.50 charge.


Introducing Rathfinny 2018 Blanc de Blancs

Crafted in the Traditional Method from Chardonnay grapes, the Blanc de Blancs is a true reflection of the 2018 vintage at the Rathfinny Wine Estate, brought to life by the saline inflection from the coastal terroir.

“This Blanc de Blancs is a truly beautiful wine from the incredible 2018 vintage. Thankfully, our Chardonnay grapes benefit from our Vineyard’s chalky soils and proximity to the sea, and it’s that sense of place that shines through in this wine that pairs so naturally with freshly sourced seafood from the British Isles.” Sarah Driver, Rathfinny Co-owner.

Tasting Note

A lime-gold beading delivers a vibrant nose of mock orange and lemon thyme, a complex palate of fresh kiwi and candied kumquat zest, with a grapefruit sherbet finish.

View the tasting notes.

Food Match

This elegant sparkling demands the saline-creamy notes of fresh Rock Oysters or goat’s cheese tartlets with honey and toasted walnuts.


Often referred to as the vintage of the decade, 2018 was one of the warmest summers on record. A mini heatwave developed from April onwards, bringing on early flowering and the dry weather promoted good fruit set. New temperature records were set in July and August and despite heavy rain in early September, the weather during harvest in October was very favourable and we picked very clean fruit with an ideal balance of sugars and acidity for our Sussex sparkling wines.

Critical Praise for the 2018 Blanc de Blancs

A rather fruity nose shows off hints of lime and Granny Smith apple, but also notions of ripe stone fruit. The palate is slender, has fine, soft and lively mousse but most striking is the fresh balance that shows off 2018’s ripeness – yes, there is wonderful English acidity, but it is ripe and rounded and juicy, making this an incredibly harmonious wine. The perfect summer aperitif in fact. Anne Krebiehl MW, Falstaff

Release Date

May 2022


100% Chardonnay

Lees Ageing

30 months


Inoculated with commercial yeast, fermented in stainless steel tanks at 16°C

Fining Agent


Malolactic Fermentation






Single & Case Options

2x 75cl Bottles, 3x 75cl Bottles, 75cl Bottle No Gift Box, 75cl Bottle With Gift Box

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